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Incumbents dominate Bremerton races

With nearly half of the votes counted it looked as though Adam Brockus has been successful in his bid for the District 3 seat on the Bremerton City Council.

He, as of press time had gathered about 57 percent of the votes, while his opponent John Ales had about 41 percent. One percent of the votes counted went to write-in candidates.

Those numbers echoed the ones originally filed election night.

“I am overwhelmed by the people of Manette who listened to my message and believed in me,” Brockus said at his home Tuesday night where a small crowd of supporters had gathered.

Ales and a group of family and political allies gathered at La Fermata to wait for results.

Although disappointed, Ales remained optimistic.

“It’s still pretty early,” he said Tuesday.

On Thursday Ales wasn’t quite ready to concede the election and remained optimistic the numbers would turn in his favor.

“It’s definitely an uphill battle at this point,” he said.

In September’s primary, Ales gained about 7 percentage points over Bob Winters, who had initially had the second highest number of votes behind Brockus.

Among Brockus’ goals during his term on the council is to see Olympic College’s nursing program become a four-year program.

Mayor Cary Bozeman, who ran unopposed, was re-elected with about 95 percent of the vote. Council incumbents Carol Arends, Mike Shepherd and Brad Gehring were re-elected. Nick Wofford, who will replace Mike Short in the District 9 seat, was also elected to the council. Judge James Docter was re-elected to the Bremerton Municipal Court and Bill Mahan was re-elected to the Port of Bremerton Board of Commissioners. All ran unopposed.

In the Bremerton School Board race incumbents DeWayne Boyd and Cynthia Triplett Galloway will remain as directors 5 and 4, respectively.

“I’m very pleased. I didn’t expect it to be as big a margin as it is,” Boyd said. He defeated Beverly Buster with more than 60 percent of the votes. “I thought Beverly Buster ran a very good campaign.

“What’s really important is that we continue to make the improvements we’ve been making in student learning ... and stay the course,” he said.

Galloway followed suit beating opponent Lonnie Dawson with 59 percent of the vote.

“I’m excited. I’m so happy for the citizens of the Bremerton School District,” Galloway said. “They just keep proving over and over again that they ... believe in this board, that we’re really trying to help the students and we’re moving in the right direction.”

In a prepared statement Dawson said, “I’d like to thank everyone who voted and supported me. Congratulations Mrs. Galloway. Be strong and stand up for all children. Listen to those who elected you and remember to support the community connection. Successful schools have strong community support and I encourage parents and community to get involved.”

Buster said, “I respect these incumbents and their ongoing mission for student success. I’m thankful for the votes I’ve received.”

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